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Austin Cindric leads C.J. Radune’s Lower-Risk Lineup again this week at Las Vegas, as the runner up in the spring race and the joint-leader in the standings as the playoffs begin.
Harrison Burton, who’s in C.J. Radune’s Higher-Risk Lineup, will start this race sixth and has two top-10 finishes from two series starts at the track.
C.J. Radune likes Austin Cindric as a top fantasy option both Friday and Saturday, as he finished second in both Richmond races last season.
C.J. Radune says if you choose Denny Hamlin this week, you’ll need to be highly selective with the rest of the roster.
Justin Haley leads C.J. Radune‘s Higher-Risk Lineup for Friday night’s race and has a good chance of being up front this week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Annett just completed his seventh full season of Xfinity Series racing. He will return for his third season at JR Motorsports in the upcoming year. Pilot / Flying J will again be his corporate sponsor and foot the bill for the No. 1 team. Annett is coming off a disappointing campaign in 2018. He collected only three Top-10 finishes for the season and finished a distant 14th in the overall driver standings of last year. It's certainly not the direction this driver and team want to be going in, but JRM and Pilot continue to fund and field a car for this 32-year-old veteran. While it's difficult to see this driver and team improving very much, it is also difficult to imagine them performing any worse. Annett and the No. 1 team are probably looking at a similar 2019 season, and flat line performance.
At the time of this writing it's expected that Annett and the No. 5 JRM team will return for another season of action in the Xfinity Series. The journeyman driver earned just seven Top-10 finishes with this team last season before finishing ninth overall in the final point standings. Those marks made Annett almost invisible at times during the last year. However, it would seem it was good enough to keep him in the No. 5 Chevrolet for 2018. Annett has a gold-clad sponsor in Pilot Flying J that keeps his efforts and career funded, so he has that going for him. The 31-year-old driver and crew chief Jason Stockert will need to figure things out a bit better in their second season together.
Annett will return to the Xfinity Series in 2017, after a three-year hiatus competing in NASCAR's top division. JR Motorsports signed him to drive the strong No. 5 Chevrolet for the team. Annett brings his sponsor, Flying J, along to pay the bills and fund the team. This should be a pretty good partnership for both Annett and JRM. His last full-time season in the Xfinity Series fetched 17 Top-10 finishes and a fifth-place final driver standings for his old team at Richard Petty Motorsports. Annett certainly has some potential. This is a far better race team than the one he competed with at Petty, so there's some pretty good upward potential for this 163-start veteran.
The HScott Motorsports driver actually had a downturn last season from his rookie 2014 campaign. Annett's average finish dropped by almost three spots and he finished three spots lower in the final driver standings at 36th-place. The No. 46 team will bring the young driver back for another season in 2016 with strong corporate sponsorship by Pilot Flying J. Jay Guy returns at crew chief and team will attempt to rebound under his guidance. All the pieces and parts in place for Annett to succeed and have a much more successful year in 2016. With Hendrick Motorsports supplying the engines, there's good reason for optimism. Annett posted 34 top-10 finishes during his brief Xfinity Series career, so there's little doubt that he can drive well.
Annett surprised in his first year with this new team in 2012. The journeyman driver turned in the best season of his four-year Nationwide Series career in 2012. Annett was held out of victory lane but picked up 17 Top-10 finishes and ended the year a surprising fifth in the championship standings. This team should make some gains in the upcoming season since all the sponsorship, team and crew chief are returning intact. Phillipe Lopez will once again call the shots for Annett and hopefully the two can challenge for the young driver’s first career win in this racing series.
More Fantasy News
Awarded Xfinity Pole at Kansas
Annett will start from the pole for the Kansas Lottery 250 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Awarded Xfinity Pole at Fort Worth
Annett was awarded the pole position for Saturday's My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Outside Pole for Unhinged 300
Annett will start from the outside pole for the Unhinged 300 Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon.
Third at Michigan
Annett finished third in the LTi Printing 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Wins Daytona Xfinity Race
Annett won the Racing Experience 300 Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon.